Cone Beam CT Scan Imaging

Radiology is an important tool in diagnosing and assessing dental abnormalities in patients. It is especially helpful in treating patients with problems in the dentomaxillofacial region. Cone Beam CT Scan Imaging, also known as CBCT, is considered an important innovation in dental X-ray diagnostics, particularly for dentomaxillofacial surgery. Unlike regular X-rays, CBCT scans can differentiate among many types of tissue including bone, teeth and nerves.

Benefits of CBCT

CBCT has several advantages over traditional scanning which include the following:

High Resolution and 3-D imaging - This enables subtle structures like root canals or the periodontal ligament to be clearly displayed.

Lower Radiation Exposure - CBCT uses significantly lower radiation than traditional CT scans and has a lower rate of image disturbance caused by metallic structures.

Duplicate Imaging - CBCT provides images of both bone and soft tissue at the same time.

CBCT Applications

Cone Beam CT Scanning is an effective tool in assisting oral and maxillofacial surgeons with various diagnosis and treatments:

  • Dental implant placement
  • Cleft-palate malformations
  • Bone and tooth fractures
  • Maxillary sinus examination
  • Diagnosis of jaw conditions such as temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ
  • Detection, measurement and treatment of jaw tumors
  • Location of the origin of pain

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